The Witch's Salvation

The Witch's Salvation

by Francesca Pelaccia


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ISBN-13: 9780991745401
Publisher: Francesca Pelaccia
Publication date: 04/27/2013
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Franca Pelaccia lives in Toronto, Canada, where she teaches by day and writes by night. Moses & Mac, an action/adventure/mystery is the first book of the Vatican Archaeological Service series. The second book is tentatively entitled Mac & the Crusaders. Writing as Francesca Pelaccia, Franca self-published The Witch's Salvation, a historical paranormal novel, which won Beck Valley's Top Ten Reviewers' Choice of 2013. Under the pseudonym of Kirsten Paul, Franca has written two romantic comedies, entitled The Hockey Player & the Angel and The Detective & the Burglar. She has blogged on the craft of writing genre and reviews novels for the Historical Novels Society. Visit Franca at

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The Witch's Salvation 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
SleeplessGal More than 1 year ago
This book really keeps me away from sleeping !  Once you start reading its pages you’ll feel wickedly excited of what will happen next. The book has witches and yes its a supernatural story , then curses cast by the  said witch. It also has some time travelling scenarios,  also a touch of romance, and even suspense. Talking about time travel, it somehow deals with history, it then traces back previous cultures.  One of the genres I loved is  having immortals in the story. This makes the story more interesting and creative in its best. Anasztasia and Matthias , their adventure was indeed great though at first I got a bit confused on how the time changed, surprisingly good technique of writing. This book will surely cast a spell unto your mind! Wickedly good book to read!  These questions will pop out to your mind for sure, Is there a curse?what is it? Can it be broken? How??? Well , you will find out if the answers to these questions exist in the story! Better start reading, perfect for Halloween theme!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I love when I am drawn in within the first chapter or few pages of a book. That is exactly what happened with this book. When you stay up to read a book you know it is good. I am so glad to be part of this book tour. I thought this was the great time for this book tour with Halloween coming up. The book has witches, curses, travels in time, romance, and even suspense. It keeps you hooked in and wanting more.  I do not want to give the whole book away but it was a great read an I highly recommend it!
jayedee_dewitt More than 1 year ago
My take on The Witch's Salvation What do I say without ruining the book for all of you? Should I tell you that the book began a little slowly for me, but gained momentum with each turn of the page? So much so that I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading because I simply couldn't bear to put the book down? Maybe I should start with the believable, well-written characters that engage you from the start. Annie and Matthias, the two main characters, find themselves impossibly challenged with having to give up their freedom for their families' sakes and although reluctant, to start, prove themselves heros in the end.  This time-travel fantasy, sprinkled liberally with historical facts, is book one of a trilogy and brilliantly sets the stage for future volumes, which, by the way, I can hardly wait to read. Hmmm, I don't think I'll say more except to tell you that this is a fabulous read and a great way to escape reality for a little while. It would be a wonderful gift for yourself or someone else on your gift list for the upcoming holiday season. Read it, I think you'll be glad you did!
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
The Witch's Salvation What an interesting storyline - a witch; an ancient curse; two families (and their followers) immortalized and "trapped," one side to never enter Wallachia again, the other side never to leave; and Vlad III. When the witch ("Strigoaic") sends Matthias (and his friend Alex) to kidnap Anasztasia, they had no idea who she was - or what their actions were starting. Now they are being forced to marry (on the witch's orders) to release their families after over 500 years - and neither are happy. The Strigoaic had given them another option, marriage being an afterthought - go back in time to Easter Sunday, 1457, the day the Strigoaic's family had been killed, the day the curse began. The challenge: Bring her back the Golden Cup. Would that be better than a forced marriage? They end up not having a choice. The adventure is definitely exciting and the story of all that happened, in the past and in the present, was incredible and well-written. I want to know more about these families, more about these characters - and plan to read anything else that this author puts out. This story was definitely unique. Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Wild-About-Books-ReviewKW More than 1 year ago
Skillfully weaving history and folklore with romance, adventure, and magic, Francesca Pelaccia has crafted a tale of depth and character in The Witch’s Salvation. Over five hundred years ago during Vlad the Impaler’s reign of terror, two feuding families turned a gypsy into a witch, the Strigoaic of the Carpathian Mountains. She cursed them with immortality. The catch: one family, the Barbats, can never leave their ancestral home and the other, the Senestis, can never return. Anasztasia Senesti is a teenager, a mortal teenager born of the immortal Senesti line. All of her life, she has done her best to please her family, to make up for her mortality, but no matter what she does, she will never be good enough. On her eighteenth birthday, she is to return with her family and meet with the Strigoaic in hopes of ending the curse once and for all. Mathias Barbat is also a teenager and a mortal born to the immortal Barbat line. All of his life, he has fought against the expectations placed on him by his grandfather, the patriarch of his family. Mathias is a disappointment, no matter what he does. Mathias’s father has disappeared into the time cave in an attempt to right the wrong perpetrated by the families against the Strigoaic. But immortals are not meant to time travel, and he has never returned. All believe him to be lost, except Mathias. Hoping to bargain with the witch and to secure his father return, Mathias goes to see the Strigoaic, who charges him with bringing to her a specific young woman. The woman is Anasztasia. When he does, this sets into motion a high-octane adventure steeped with supernatural events, history, time travel, chases, a budding romance, and on-the-edge-of-your-seat action. The book is obviously well researched, the characters are believable and grow as a result of their trials, and the ending is satisfactory, leaving room for a sequel, which I hope Ms. Pelaccia will write. My one nitpick would be some of the word choices in a couple of places, merely because I prefer the fairly unobtrusive dialogue tags like “said” and “asked” as opposed to using a myriad of tags like “shrilled” or “demanded.”
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the whole aspect of the story, for me it reminded me of a grown up version of a fairy tale with a prince, a princess, a witch along with the myths and legends. I still think fondly back to the story now, long after finishing it.  Fantasy isn't my normal type of genre and this may be the reason why I felt that I had to concentrate while reading the story, keeping track of who was who and the events occurring, going backwards a number of times. The author has done a tremendous job with the writing and planning of this story, the characters are so likable and the descriptive text gives you the full insight you need. The story follows a clever and deceptive witch, trapped in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania for centuries due to greed and power struggles of others, she cursed two noble families who she believes robbed her of her humanity, one imprisoned to their homeland of Wallachia and the other exiled from it forever, both families were then made immortal apart from their last born, a prince and a princess. The prince and princess are the key to release both their families from the curse and to help the witch on her mission but to do so and become immortal themselves they must enter the past to the dreaded battle on Easter Sunday that killed so many or the other option given is to marry which will remove the curse but they will stay mortal.  Neither want to marry, both are young and want to be independent and live their own lives but know what is at stake for their families. The story follows their many adventures as they fight against a powerful prince and his men, their grandfather's centuries old battles for power, injustices and help the clan of people they meet along the way who were entrusted with a highly powerful legendary lost crown, golden cup and scepter and the stones that is believed to have the power of birth, life and death, wanted by the prince who will do anything to obtain them. A highly imaginative story from the author that has plenty of good twists to the story as you learn the secrets to their past.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Francesca Pelaccia pens "The Witch's Salvation" in a gripping mystical plot that is filled with time travel adventures, romance and mystery. Between the author's clean writing and the characters that were extremely interesting, had great chemistry and development, I had a hard time putting this book down. Highly recommended for all romance, supernatural, mystical fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I definitely give The Witch’s Salvation TWO thumbs up!  I enjoyed from beginning to end (wish it never ended, really).  Go ahead and pick the book up and get taken away to a fantasy land of witchcraft, magic and time traveling.
ptfrugal66 More than 1 year ago
The Witch’s Salvation is brimming with action, adventure, mortals and immortals alike; wrapped up in a time travel adventure with and eye for detail. The two young mortals will struggle to come to terms each with their perspective immortal families and their immediate families previous acts in history over 500 years ago, to help right a wrong as instructed by the witch seeking salvation. As they struggle to find the items requested by the witch and search for Matthias father who has vanished from the 21 century. Anasztasia and Matthias will relive a most horrific time in history; during the reign of Vaud III, Prince Dracula. Seeing first hand the destruction the prince and his cronies have caused in their families homeland and on the bloody battle field. I’m not going to add much more because the story line is really something to experience step by step instead of me giving away the fate of the families involved in a brief review. Suffice to say this would be prefect reading for the spooky season that is known a Halloween! I received a copy of this book for review.
TxMommysSavings More than 1 year ago
If I had to sum up this book 2 words: Suspense, and Action! The Witch's Salvation is a great read! A book full of romance and curses. What more could a stay-at-home mom ask for? The main characters, Annie and Matthias, have the difficult task of setting right their ancestors' wrongs to end a terrible curse. They are taken back into the past of 1457. The Witch's Salvation is a great read if your into historical suspense and romance. I give it 5 stars for grabbing my attention and keeping it throughout the whole book.
hbrown83 More than 1 year ago
I really love that this book takes place in eastern Europe it's a topic that is not covered as much as it should be as it's an area rich in history. That said, it's a wonderful fictional book with an Amazing storyline. I have to say I was really impressed with the writing in this book. Francesca Pelaccia is a new author and she is one I’m going to be keeping my eye on. The book was entertaining, fun to read and I really could not put it down! The story is amazing and I found I just wanted to know more. I still do I would love to see what happens next in the story as I really don't believe it's the end yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Witch’s Salvation by Francesca Pelaccia is a really great book! I love stories about the 15th century time period. Especially the areas around Transylvania, Romania, and including gypsies and myths. I love reading about spells and curses. This novel combines modern day characters with the past in a really neat way. It was a bit confusing when Anasztasia and Matthias actually traveled through time. It sort of came out of nowhere in each part of the story. But once they got to their destination, the story picked right back up and was really good. There was tons of action so I think even my husband might like this. And there was just enough romance, without being too over the top mushy or explicit, to keep you interested in the characters as a couple. There is some language but nothing too bad. The Witch’s Salvation kept me guessing until the very end about just who the Strigoaic might actually be. I had some thoughts but wasn’t entirely sure. I also wasn’t sure until the end if she was really as evil as she appeared to be or if the grandfathers were innocent in their actions. There are a few surprise along the way and a TON Of words I couldn’t pronounce. :D So be sure to stay on your toes and read it word for word. Don’t skip anything!The Witch’s Salvation by Francesca Pelaccia will be going on my “read again” book shelf. If you like stories about Gypsies, witchcraft, myths, spells, etc., I think you will really love The Witch’s Salvation! Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of The Witch’s Salvation by Francesca Pelaccia as a member of Beck Valley Books Blog Tours. All opinions are my own.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book.  A very good read.  I love to read historical fiction books, throw in time travel and I am hooked.  Francesca did an excellent job blending both history and fantasy making Anasztasiz and Matthias journey exciting and adventurous.  Great book for the book lover on your holiday gift list.
misteedawnw More than 1 year ago
It is hard for me to even begin to explain how much I loved reading this book. The book was so good that it was hard for me to put it down at night. It only took me three nights to read it. That is how much I loved it. The book is so detailed in every aspect. From the way the author describes the landscapes, the clothing, the instruments, the people, and the architecture, to the way she delves into the relationships between the characters, I was riveted to the story at every page I was rooting for Anasztasia and Matthias every step of the way, as well. I was also happy with the way that the book ended. Most endings always leave me wanting more and others leave me feeling confused. But this ending was perfect. This book was so well-written and the author was very descriptive and detailed. I enjoyed it immensely. I would definitely recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pelaccia pays particular detail to the description of characters and as you read through the book, it pieces together bits of their past to give you a fuller picture of who the characters are and what made them become who they are. This really helps you identify with the characters and turns the book into a real page turner - it keeps you reading wanting to find out more about each of the characters. I really loved both the main characters in the book - you identify with them and their situation straight away and it makes you want to find out more. The chapters are at times quite lengthy and often end with a cliffhanger - this is somewhat a good and bad thing, especially if you want to put the book down (or don't want to.. but have to!) and also because it's so frustrating that you get to the end of a chapter and oh NO! Can't possibly stop reading here because the cliffhanger just makes you need to keep reading.  The only thing I would mention is that at times, some phrases can be confusing - at times I have had to go back and reread to check I really got what was meant. Also throughout the book there are some mentions of things that leave you wondering - they're not tied up. I hope the case is that this will be answered in another book! I would recommend this for anyone who likes a mix of fantasy intertwined with history - there are some great snippets that have been picked and written into the book that makes it a truly enjoyable read.
ScribeSC More than 1 year ago
(I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads Give away) What would you do if you were the only mortal in a family of immortals, if you were given the task to change the past to help your future?  This is the situation that  Anasztasia and Matthias find themselves in. After centuries of lies and deceit that have torn two families apart, caused a witch’s curse and the mortal births into two families a witch has called forth the two mortals to help her get back her mortality and change history.  Will Matthias and Anasztasia get the Golden Cup and the Amulets that will return the witch’s morality? Will Matthias find his father? Having a keen interest in all things to do with Vlad Tepes from a young age meant that this story was of interest to me straight away, having read many tales of Vlad Tepes and his bloody past I was wondering how far into this man’s bloody crimes the author would go, and I was not disappointed, she gives the reader just enough to give a taste of the live and times of this evil man.  The characters are beautifully written and the story is painstakingly researched. I was completely pulled into the story to the point where I could imagine myself seeing what the character were seeing  and feeling what they felt. The story moves at a constant pace never losing momentum with each turn of the page, it leaves you wanting more. I found it very difficult to put down when I had other things to do as you just want to know what happens. This story has it all, I am glad that I had the pleasure of reading it and hope that other readers enjoy it as much as I did. I recommend this book to anyone that loves a bit of a history lesson, adventure and part love story. Definitely one for the TBR list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love historical fiction so this was a really fun book for me to read.  It kept me interested until the very end.  I didn't want to put it down.  I loved getting to know all the characters.  Anasztasia is a musician and so am I so I really enjoyed that part of the book.  Another thing I enjoyed was that the author wrote which parts were historical fact and which were creative license at the very end of the book.  I really enjoyed reading The Witch's Salvation and can't wait for the next book.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t put this book down! I stayed up far too late reading this into the early hours of morning because I just couldn’t put it down. It was suspenseful, it was romantic, it was mythical. There really are no other words to describe the book without sharing to much information and ruining it, but it was present day, time travel, royalty, immortals, witches, and curses. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys dramatics, romance and myth.
sleepygirl More than 1 year ago
The Witch’s Salvation is full of history and myth. The first couple of chapters were a little slow but once it gets going it keeps your attention. It’s very descriptive and full of historical facts from the 1400s. Francesca Pelaccia has taken some creative license but notes at the end of the book what is fact and what is fiction, which I really liked. x It’s easy to like the two main characters, Annie and Matthias. They’ve both been put in an impossible position, expected by their families to give up their freedom for the families’ sakes and they end up doing what true heroes would do, even if it was inadvertently. I also enjoyed the development of their relationship, as well as how they turned out to be so much better than they thought they were. x I’m looking forward to the next book in this trilogy. I definitely recommend The Witch’s Salvation, especially if you like historical fiction and mythical tales.